MotoGP » Weather spoils Ducati's first MotoGP test of 2013


"We squeezed three days of work into about five hours, which obviously required skipping some of the steps we had planned" - Bernhard Gobmeier, Ducati.

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AvTech37 - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 9:09 AM

You can't compare Hailwood to Stoner.......SMBH was a true gent and sportsman. He didn't blame everyone else and everything else for his rare lack of success. He left that to Phil Read!

Codger

January 22, 2013 12:03 PM

Every rider, except Troy, got thrown off the Ducati. Quite often the riders, engineers, even the data logs couldn't understand why. Until they dial out the unpredictability Ducati are going nowhere. Rossi, after his first year refused to take the bike to the limit and still it chucked him off. I predict that 3 out of the 4 riders this year will suffer confidence issues.

Busa Boy. - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 3:41 PM

@Markus.
Exactly!
Not rocket science is it.Go and test in a country where it is almost guaranteed to be dry!
Ducati need to develop the bike in dry conditions.
They cant keep relying on wet races to get a podium!

DB8

January 22, 2013 4:24 PM

How many Ducati tests have been wash outs in the past 3 years? Its ridiculous. Honda and Yamaha have obviously conpsired to create a weather control machine.

There's a lot of factors that have contributed to Ducatis poor showing, and the weather is definitely one. Its only good in the feckin wet!!

prof-x - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 4:58 PM

@Busa Boy

one can fault Ducati for not figuring out the tires for the last 4+ years.

one can also fault Bridgestone for making a tire that effectively only suited Yamaha.

Its a double edged sword.

And I wouldnt be harping on it so hard if Bridgestone hadnt gone the extra mile in 2012 to make sure only the Yamaha could use their tires (ie no chatter or heating issues) at least with Jorge.

The single control tire needs to go, its writing fiction and penalizing the people whom it doesnt suite. Its also not saving guys like Ducati or Honda any mone, thats A FACT.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 4:59 PM

*money.

oh no, its costing Ducati and Honda millions. And Yamaha, well their bike has worked great with Bridgestones ever since they came together in 2008, the year after everyone blamed Bridgestone for Casey Stoner beating up their idol.

Busa Boy. - Unregistered

January 22, 2013 6:23 PM

The single control tire needs to go.
Posted by prof-x.

On that sir,i wholeheartedly agree!
I have always hated the single manufacturer rule.Teams should be allowed to use the tyre that best suits their machine,not forced to use a tyre that suits some and not others.Bring back the other tyre manufacturers and make it more fair.Look what happened to Honda last year.Stoner especially wanted to keep the old spec tyres because it suited his style of riding.He was forced to use the new tyre and it cost him and Honda the title.

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